Schools with Industrial Technology Programs: How to Choose

Industrial technology programs train students to design and improve systems, components and materials for industries. Students interested in studying industrial technology may want to consider a program's accreditation and their career interests. For more information on how to choose an industrial technology program, read on.

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While many associate's degree programs in industrial technology are readily available, some students may wish to pursue a bachelor's degree. Industrial technology programs can be found at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

Ten Schools with Industrial Technology Programs

These institutions offer industrial technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI Public, 4-year Bachelor's $9,620 In-state Undergraduate;
$15,020 Out-of-state Undergraduate
University of Idaho Moscow, ID Public, 4-year Bachelor's, Master's $7,020 In-state Undergraduate;
$6,205 In-state Graduate
Turtle Mountain Community College Belcourt, ND Private, not-for-profit, 4-year, primarily associate's Certificate, Associate's $2,250 Undergraduate
Wytheville Community College Wytheville, VA Public, 2-year Certificate, Associate's $4,380 In-state Undergraduate;
$10,218 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Dalton State College Dalton, GA Public, 4-year, primarily associate's Associate's $4,052 In-state Undergraduate;
$12,302 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Alabama A&M Normal, AL Public, 4-year Bachelor's $9,366 In-state Undergraduate;
$17,136 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Ball State University Muncie, IN Public, 4-year Bachelor's $9,498 In-state Undergraduate;
$25,016 Out-of-state Undergraduate
SUNY Polytechnic Institute at Utica-Rome Utica, NY Public, 4-year Bachelor's $7,759 In-state Undergraduate;
$17,609 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Three Rivers Community College Poplar Bluff, MO Public, 2-year Certificate, Associate's $4,104 in-district;
$5,868 In-state Undergraduate;
$7,164 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN Public, 4-year Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $8,580 In-state Undergraduate;
$6,984 In-state Graduate

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when choosing a program in this field.

  • It's important to seek out industrial technology programs that are accredited through ABET.
  • Students looking into associate's degrees may consider programs that provide vocational training utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) software, using machine tools, planning facilities and maintaining a safe work environment.
  • A school with up-to-date lab facilities and technology is preferable, since labs are typically where students gain hands-on experience.
  • Graduate studies are only offered at a few institutions, and those considering undergraduate and graduate studies may opt to attend schools that offer programs at both levels.

Associate of Science in Industrial Engineering and Technology

A 2-year industrial technology program combines the disciplines of mathematics, physics and engineering to provide students with a comprehensive education that can either prepare them for obtaining a bachelor's degree or a job in industrial engineering. Many of these degrees are designed with diversity of skill in mind, in order to give students a breadth of knowledge available when they enter the workforce. Students may complete practical experiences during the program.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Technology

A bachelor's degree program adds more coursework based on theory, as well as practice in industrial technology. Most science courses include required lab work. There can also be basic liberal arts requirements depending on the program or school. An internship or capstone project is typically included.

It is most common for schools to offer associate's and bachelor's degree programs in industrial engineering technology, although some schools also offer graduate studies. Students may want to consider the degree level they plan to pursue, location, cost and opportunities for hands-on learning through practica or internships when choosing a school for industrial engineering technology.

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